106 fiction words, 369 total words

Stuck in a rut

Yesterday at work I was rushing to get everything done. Yesterday at home I was finishing the things I hadn’t gotten done at work. After that I was trying to come up with good cover art for the short I have to publish and was failing, miserably. Since I’m going out of town I’d love to have that taken care of before, but it may not happen at this point.

Since I was failing at the cover art, I forgot to write until late. I added a few words onto the long fiction I’m stuck on, and called it a night.

106 fiction words, 369 total words

Today will be trying to get ready for a short weekend trip, and then when I get back I’ll do more getting ready to go back to work, so I need to prepare to write in small bursts at the start and end of my days, which is likely all the time I’ll be able to carve out.

I don’t know what to do about the cover, though.

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1,222 fiction words, 1,343 total words

Roller Coaster Day

Yesterday I finished a short story! Today I have to publish.

Tomorrow I go on vacation when the Youths arrive back from school, so I need to prepare for that this afternoon/evening, and do laundry tomorrow.

I got a new phone and a new phone number yesterday. I didn’t plan on it but it was necessary and now it’s done and I need to deal with the disorientation that has resulted in its purchase. (It’s really pretty, though.)

Two grandmothers of two different friends are experiencing serious health issues, and hugs are required.

Panera didn’t have my chocolate croissant last night, nor my soft dinner roll. They did have my preferred chips alternative, but not my preferred chocolate chip cookie alternative except in the bag of 12. Their policy is now something along the lines of “we’ll make it right”, so I got a bag of cookies for 99¢. Win!

I am a trusting individual bordering on gullible. Not that anything bad happened as a result of that – good actually – but I’m very close to gullible.

1,222 fiction words, 1,343 total words

Those words finished my favorite of the recent short stories I’ve written. I think the hardest part is in front of me now that I need to choose keywords for that story. Deciding on good keywords that will bring readers to my book and get them to put it in their cart is a skill. I envy those who find it comes easily to them. I can only hope that at some point I will have enough practice that I can stop complaining about it.

 

1,385 fiction words, 1,605 total words

Pre-coffee

It’s October, and so it is that time of year when writing events move from Tuesday to Wednesday.

I wrote some good words yesterday. I thought I would finish the story last night, but that didn’t happen (stupid self-control…) and so I’m left with this morning, and perhaps an attempt at writing this evening.

Since I’m no longer in charge, I can be as anti-social as I please. This pleases me greatly in my current mindset.

1,385 fiction words, 1,605 total words

I need to make a dash to a warehouse store as well today, and I’m hoping they’ll have my veggie applesauce. Otherwise, I’ll need to make a stop at the other warehouse store, and spending money gives me anxiety lately. Bleh.

916 fiction words, 1,176 total words

Picture day

I can tell it’s picture day for Junior Youth because the bathroom has been occupied for an hour. Hair must be straightened, and hopefully, it stays perfect despite the weather (because the weather always seems to mess with things like this) and time between getting ready and photo.

Yesterday I started writing a new short that I’m pleased with.

916 fiction words, 1,176 total words

For no reason, in particular, I tend to start getting “down” about this time of year. It progressively gets worse until halfway through January, if memory serves. It’s time to start paying attention to that and actively working against it because I can already feel myself withdrawing from the things I usually enjoy and making excuses not to do them. They’re valid reasons, too, but not insurmountable.

This time last year I don’t even know if I was writing at all. I just went to check my tracker and there’s a large gap between September and November. I am pleased to note that there will be no such gap this year. Tiny little blurps, but no big gaps.

So I’ll keep an eye on my mood and try to keep doing things I usually love doing, but also not doing things when I really just don’t want to. It’s a fine line. We’ll see how it goes.

246 fiction words, 728 total words

Definitely morning

Ugh. It feels so early. I am not thrilled with this hour of the day. I am safe with my coffee and Junior Youth on the sofa in the living room, but I would much rather be safe and toasty in bed.

But the day and week call.

246 fiction words, 728 total words

I was distracted when I wrote last night which meant poor quantity. That’s not great. November is just 30 short days away now, and I need to get my daily count up fast so it’s not a struggle.

I may have mentioned somewhere online that I wasn’t committed to NaNoWriMo this year yet, but the upcoming event is still a habit, apparently.

Otherwise, yesterday was fine. I found out September wasn’t nearly the crap month that it felt like. It was actually super productive, and I felt much better about it after looking at the numbers.

On to the last week, now.

Not too bad. A small increase from the week before which also felt particularly bleh.

Let’s see – in the last week I didn’t write one day (mentioned three times now – I’ll stop), I published one pen name short story that took entirely too long to write, and I had two 1K+ days. It wasn’t too bad.

I just realized I have forgotten to post these monthly counters for the past four weeks. Back to it!

October fiction total: 246
September fiction total:
 30,811
August fiction total:
27,362
July fiction total:
 9,303
June fiction total: 10,577
May fiction total: 
6,107
April fiction total: 
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 140,628

1,031 fiction words, 1,222 total words

Feels like Friday

It’s always a disappointment when I wake in the morning and it feels like a Friday, but it’s actually Thursday. Or worse, Wednesday. I suppose I will be grateful it’s not one of those weeks.

I finished season six of Call the Midwife, which means in about a week it will be time to rewatch it, and maybe season five, too. Since I have a long time to wait for the next season and all.

I didn’t write a ton yesterday.

1,031 fiction words, 1,222 total words

But what I did write felt more solid than it has in a long time. I slowed down, and I hate to admit that there’s probably a correlation there, but there probably is and I probably should. Even though I’ve been working on this short for what feels like forever, it’s only been eight days. That’s still six days longer than it should have taken, and I’m eager to have it done so I can publish it and move on.

Maybe I’ll get Rath’s book finished. It’s wandering all over the damn place and probably needs a ridiculous amount of polishing, but there’s energy to gain from “The End”, so it would be nice to tackle it.

1,258 fiction words, 1,495 total words

Sharing the love

Junior Youth and I just made heart hands at each other. JY said, “I love the Pop Tarts and you,” and I was quick to note that Pop Tarts ranked higher. Ah, the magic of premade breakfast pastries.

I wrote a decent amount yesterday.

1,258 fiction words, 1,495 total words

Most of it was in the morning. I intended to write another 1,000 in the evening, but I ended up watching three episodes of Call the Midwife instead. I declared it self-care and do not regret it one bit.

I definitely feel back in the game, though. While I’ve missed my 5 a.m. alarm the last two days (yesterday because I was up until midnight with CtM), once I got up I’ve been up. I know it’s only two days, but it feels a lot different than when I was feeling sick.

Today’s a new day. Wish me luck!

266 fiction words, 700 total words

Such Weird

I feel like I’m struggling with blog titles lately. Such weird.

I read an interesting article by a writer I want to emulate about Beta Readers. The gist was that you should really trust your own writing and develop your own voice. I like that, but I also think sometimes I like to hear what my friends think, and sometimes it’s valuable to get a second set of eyes on my writing.

But I also think that what I read makes a lot of sense. Trust yourself, your writing, and keep learning. I like that path, and I’ll be trying to stick to it.

I also made a comment, asking whether Advance Teams fall under the same umbrella as beta readers, and the jury is still out for this particular author. Naturally, I got a little excited to receive any reply at all. Fangirl moment, achieved. 🙂

Here’s the article if you’re interested. If we’re friends on Facebook, you’ve already seen it and can skip it.

266 fiction words, 700 total words

I don’t like that I keep making excuses for low word counts. Last night I simply chose Project Runway over words. It was a lot of fun, and I’m glad I took the time to watch it.

Today is laundry, and so I won’t get many words written, but I have already gotten some important things accomplished. It’s a good day so far, and I’m enjoying the time with Elder Youth.

1,334 fiction words, 1,612 total words

Fragile

I’m having a rough time getting up and moving this morning. Apparently, I missed my alarm somehow, even though it’s backed up by my Fitbit and usually, the combination is enough to jolt me out of bed. This morning DH needed to say something to get me out of bed.

Well, I’m here now.

I wrote a bit yesterday, though not as much as I intended.

1,334 fiction words, 1,612 total words

Today I’d like to simply set a goal to repeat that number. Finishing the short story I started Sunday seems like almost too much to ask.

Have a lovely Tuesday, everyone!

909 fiction words, 1,063 total words

Welcome to the weekend!

Greetings and salutations! I’m sitting and relaxing today watching a Minecraft Livestream on Twitch with Elder Youth. I have a feeling that today will be less writing and more research/learning, simply because with all the laundry interruptions, I tend to get less written.

If anything.

909 fiction words, 1,063 total words

Yesterday’s words were good, as you can see. I finished a story in the morning, cleaned up a bunch of spilled water from flowers I foolishly left on my desk during my shower, and then published it under a pen name in the evening. There’s a little bit of housekeeping to do with that still, and then I will start learning things.

I used to write romance. I haven’t in a while for I don’t know why. I like reading romance – it’s actually my favorite genre. So today’s learning is going to focus on romance novel “beats” (a new word I learned this week) and “hooks” (which I knew about but didn’t have the word for it).

Also under the, “I learned this” umbrella I need to think about whether I would put romance under a pen name or not. I’m inclined to not. I’m thinking that I could do enough branding of romance novel covers to distinguish between that and the rest of the things I write, whether they’re fantasy or science fiction or some weird mash of the two.

The argument with pen names, as I understand it, is that you want readers to be confidant about what you write so they don’t pick up something new expecting romance and then get totally squicked out when you actually wrote horror. I think I can accomplish this with branding and covers. If you have thoughts you’d like to share on this, I’d love to hear them. 🙂